Fri09192014

Stepping Out

Mozart's 'Magic Flute' toots at West Bay Opera


Courtesy of West Bay Opera
Ellen Teufel plays Pamina and Brian J. Kuhl stars as Prince Tamino in West Bay Opera’s production of Mozart’s “Die Zauberflöte” (“The Magic Flute”). The opera runs May 23 through June 1 in Palo Alto.

West Bay Opera’s production of the Mozart classic “Die Zauberflöte” (“The Magic Flute”) is scheduled to run May 23 through June 1 at the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto.

The Town Crier is a media sponsor of the production.

Under the artistic direction and conducting of José Luis Moscovich, “The Magic Flute” employs a veteran cast and crew led by director Daniel Witzke, set designer Jean-Francois Revon and costume designer Abra Berman.

The cast includes Eugene Brancoveanu as Papageno, Ellen Teufel as Pamina, Brian J. Kuhl as Prince Tamino, Kirk Eichelberger as Sarastro, Dana Pundt as Queen of the Night, Michael Desnoyers as Monostatos, Douglas Nagel as Sprecher, Melissa Batallés as Papagena, Liisa Dávila as First Lady, Molly Mahoney as Second Lady, Michelle Rice as Third Lady, Alan Briones as First Armored Man/Second Priest and and Jason Sarten as Second Armored Man/First Priest.

Part morality play, part rite of passage and part comedy, “Die Zauberflöte” is like no other opera. Reflecting the arcane rituals and imagery of the Freemasonry, of which Mozart was a member, the story is heavy with symbolism and the score includes some of the best operatic music ever written.

“Mozart’s beautifully crafted score features some of the most enduring arias and ensembles in the entire repertoire, and gorgeous choral passages,” Moscovich said. “It is presented fully staged in a production that includes a blend of stage sets and video projections, and sumptuous costumes.”

West Bay Opera, now in its 58th season, first premiered the popular opera in 1964. Its first performance was in Vienna in 1791.

The opera is performed in German with English subtitles.

Performances are scheduled 8 p.m. May 23 and 31, and 2 p.m. May 25 and June 1.

The May 25 performance is followed by a post-performance discussion with the cast and directors seated onstage.

A free preview is slated 8 p.m. Thursday at Avenidas, 450 Bryant St., Palo Alto.

The Lucie Stern Theatre is located at 1305 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto.

Tickets are $40-$70.

For tickets and more information, visit wbopera.org.

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